After Effects users will have to wait a little longer.
When Apple announced they'd be moving away from Intel chipsets and building their own, questions swirled about the architecture, especially when it came to performance. The new M1 chip is built on the ARM architecture, which is used in iOS, theoretically making it easier for developers to create apps that can run on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This would be a welcome benefit for filmmakers as it would allow you to use larger screens for your favorite iOS apps on set.
Turns out, we found the M1 chip in the latest 13" MacBook Pros to be quite impressive during our initial review, and we're looking forward to seeing what Apple releases with its larger 16" MacBook Pro and Mac Pros down the line.
With the M1, it was only a matter of time when software companies like Adobe would jump on to take advantage of its core functionality.
The Premiere Pro beta includes support for H.264, HEVC, and ProRes with more codecs coming in the future. Adobe says it's taking a "phased approach" to work out any kinks before adding new components. The drawback of the current beta is that third-party integrations might be limited, including reference monitoring hardware, plugins, extension panels, and control surfaces. However, the performance of the M1 is promising. Export times have been roughly cut in half when comparing the M1 to the Intel chipset on the 13" MacBook Pro.
Other Adobe Sensei features like Scene Edit Detection have also seen a boost in performance when using the native M1 chipset over Rosetta 2, Apple's binary translator that allows users to run x86_64 apps on Apple silicon.
Audition users will also see a jump in performance when using the Spectral Frequency Editor. For now, Rush supports only H.264 and allows users to create projects and export locally on Apple M1 computers.
Adobe says the full native versions of Premiere Pro, Audition, and Premiere Rush will be released in the first half of 2021. The company says it's also working on After Effects and Character Animator M1 support with no timetable for its release. If you plan on downloading a beta version, please note it probably should only be used for testing purposes.
You can find more about Adobe's public beta here.